From the President

Welcome to the Boston Surgical Society!  The Society began as the “Surgical Review Club” at the MGH.  The club met in members’ living rooms and served an educational and social role in Boston surgery over 100 years ago.  This remains our mission in the 21st Century, to provide a collegial setting for the master surgeons of our great region to meet and learn from each other.

As I looked through the names of the Society’s past presidents, including many of my former mentors, I am honored and excited to be its new president.  I recall as a surgical intern and resident how excited I was to be invited by one of my attendings to the Society’s meetings.  This gave me the opportunity to interact with residents from other programs as well as attendings from all the great Boston teaching hospitals.

Our new website is up and running and has become a great asset to the Society.  We have come a long way from the “little red book” that used to hold all the Society’s information.  Now members, prospective members and guests can see the upcoming lectures, learn a bit about our history, and join and pay dues

We got off to a great start this year with the awarding of the coveted Bigelow Medal to John L. Cameron M.D. from Johns Hopkins.

The newly instituted and popular Resident Case Competition will be held on March 2, 2020.  This has become a highlight of the BSS schedule.  Please attend this fantastic opportunity to see tomorrow surgical leaders square off!

For the first time in modern memory the Boston Surgical Society will host the “Northeast Surgical Meeting here in Boston during April 2020.  This meeting will bring us together with our sisters and brothers from the New York Surgical Society in the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery.  Dr. Andrew Warshaw of the MGH will be giving the keynote  address and there will be several days of faculty and resident panels and lectures.

I hope to see you all at our events this year!


Richard J Ehrlichman M.D., FACS

2020 President, Boston Surgical Society